International Studies Program
The International Studies program at BGSU offers diverse
opportunities for students to gain insight into our global community.
Students take courses that challenge them to think critically in a
global and practical context. The major acquaints students with
approaches from the humanities (history, communication), social
sciences (economics, political science), and natural sciences
(geography) across continents, countries, and cultures. International
Studies majors are informed, involved, and well prepared to
communicate ideas in a language or culture other than their own, and
to make important decisions that will affect them and people around
The International Studies MAJOR might focus on a world region (Africa, Europe), a particular issue or discipline (environment, sociology), or a future career goal (government, business administration). Students may continue with a language pursued in high school or they may decide to try a new language such as Japanese, Russian or Italian. International Studies majors spend a semester or a year abroad. BGSU offers programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Alternatively, students can declare a MINOR in International Studies .
Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures
From trips to Normandy beaches to language blogs, José Picardo explores the growing importance of offering students international experiences Read More
News and Stories
Cultural and Social Effects of Migration in China
Jonathan Yoo, a recent graduate majoring in International Studies and Chinese, traveled to Shanghai and Beijing to study migrant families in China. When families have to wait up to two years to get the permits required to relocate to a new area, students’ education is interrupted and it becomes a social class issue as well as a human rights issue.
Travels and Internships Provide Perspective
Recent alumna Toni Smith interned with Women at Risk, International, a nonprofit organization that creates safe havens for at-risk women and children in more than 30 countries. She also had study abroad experiences in France and Burkina Faso in West Africa. "It is not only a great way to build your resume and see the world, but also a catalyst for personal development and awareness," she said.
ISP Major Receives Hoskins Global Scholarship
Junior Leslie “Michaela” Schrum, an International Studies major from Dayton, Ohio, was one of five recipients of the 2016–17 Hoskins Global Scholarships. This fall, she will study Arabic in Meknes, Morocco before traveling to Nablus, West Bank, Israel, where she will volunteer with Project HOPE, providing English language instruction. While there, she hopes to gain more insight into the Palestine/Israel conflict and participate in peace initiatives. Read More